Our Enhanced Skills (PGY3) Program offers a wide range of options for residents looking for additional training after their 2 years of Family Medicine residency. This additional training can be in an area of interest or in an area of need for their community, and allows residents to build further specialized skills as a clinician.
Important Message about COVID-19
Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, McMaster DFM realizes clinical rotations including electives are dramatically affected. We understand this and know that applicants are concerned about their CaRMS applications being affected. According to our Best Practice in Application and Selection (BPAS) statements, electives function to demonstrate your diversity of training and academic excellence.
Given the broad scopes of practice our programs offer, there are many clinical rotation options that are applicable to each practice (Care of the Elderly, Emergency Medicine, Family Practice Anesthesia, Palliative Care, Sports Medicine). Any rotation is an opportunity to demonstrate academic excellence, either reflected in the evaluations, reference letters or your Program Director’s letter.
|2021 Family Medicine/Enhanced Skills Match Timeline|
|4 August 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET||Access to CaRMS Online|
|4 August 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET||Program descriptions published on carms.ca|
|2 September 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET||Program selection period begins|
|3 September 2020||Milestone: physiciansapply.ca examination and document transfers|
|4 September 2020 at 17:00 ET||DEADLINE: Submission of translation requests|
|15 September 2020||DEADLINE: Submission of applicant assessment forms|
|16 September 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET||DEADLINE: Assignment of applications and documents|
|16 September 2020 at 12:05 ET||File review period begins|
|8 October 2020||DEADLINE: Interview status updates in CaRMS Online|
|9 October 2020||DEADLINE: Invitations to interviews complete|
|16 October 2020 – 30 November 2020||National interview period|
|12 November 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET||Ranking period begins|
|3 December 2020 at 15:00 ET||DEADLINE: Submission of applicant rank order lists|
|16 December 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET||MATCH DAY|
|13 January 2021 at 15:00 ET||CaRMS Online access closes|
|For more details, please refer to https://www.carms.ca/match/family-medicine-enhanced-skills-match/applicants/timeline-fmes/|
The Enhanced Skills Program will review applications from current PGY2 residents who are registered in a Canadian Family Medicine Residency Program at the time of their application. Residents must start their PGY3 year within 12 months of completing their PGY2 year.
(Practicing physicians must apply separately through the Re-Entry Program of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, and not directly to the university. Applications from practicing physicians will not be accepted for the Enhanced Skills Program. Please view the ministry information about Re-Entry Programs on the Ontario website. Different timelines apply to Re-Entry Applicants.)
The Enhanced Skills Emergency Medicine Program application process is a separate CaRMS based process. Please see the CaRMS website for more information.
Enhanced Skills Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Enhanced Skills Program offers a wide range of options for residents that would benefit from additional experiences in preparation for their future practice. Interested Residents in their second year will apply to either Category 1 or Self-Designed programs based on career intentions.
Many of these programs are either offered in urban settings or rural / regional settings, or both.
For an overview of the program structure, please see our Enhanced Skills Program Information.
Please Note: EM applicants apply through CaRMS.
***Applications for the 2020/2021 year are now CLOSED***
For all programs other than Emergency Medicine, please save and fill out the Enhanced Skills Application form and submit along with your CV and Letter of Intent-Please note: The PDF form is not fill-able when opened in your web browser. Please make the subject line of your submission “last name, first name – 2020/2021 Application”. You will also need to have a letter of support from your Program Director and two letters of reference sent directly to us. If you have any questions, please contact our Education Team at email@example.com.
- Updated Curriculum Vitae – including any advanced life support courses and electives
- Completed Application Form
- Letter of Intent including the following:
- Your goals and objectives for the program
- How the added experience will fit with your future practice needs
- The ways you might be better enabled to contribute to the community, the Department of Family Medicine, or the discipline of Family Medicine in general
- Letter of Support from your Program Director (or Site Director, where more appropriate) which speaks to your academic performance and professionalism*
- Two letters of support from referees who can speak to your professionalism and interpersonal skills*
*Please have reference letters sent directly to the following via mail or e-mail:
Department of Family Medicine
c/o Connie Shen – Enhanced Skills Application
David Braley Health Sciences Centre
100 Main Street West, 2nd Floor
Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6
Do I need to have elective in the field I wish to apply for?
Electives are not required but are strongly encouraged where possible to gain exposure and test your interests in a certain area of focus.
I am a practising physician outside of Canada. Can I apply?
The Ministry of Health and Long Term care will only provide funding for residents and physicians who are either practising in Canada, or are completing their residency in Canada.
What is the difference between Category 1 and Category 2 / Self-Designed programs?
Category 1 programs lead to a Certificate of Added Competence, as recognized by the CFPC.
If I want to practice in a rural setting afterwards, which programs will support that goal?
Our Self-Designed programs are designed to provide a resident with the skills and experience to support a rural / regional practice. Discussions with your Program Director will help determine which experience will best suit your interests and the needs of the community in which you hope to practice.
For more information, please see our programs page or contact Fmpgy3@mcmaster.ca